It’s show­time

Pupils will bring start of 1960s to life

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Jackie Grant

Tal­ented Dum­fries Academy pupils will putting on their blue suede shoes, slick­ing back their quiffs and jiv­ing the nights away at the S3-S6 show next week.

Bye Bye Birdie is set in 1960 and tells the tale of an Elvis-style singer, Con­rad Birdie, who has just been drafted into the US Army.

His dev­as­tated teenage fans sadly swoon for their celebrity crush as they bid farewell to him, but not be­fore his record agent, Al­bert Peter­son, and his sec­re­tary, Rose Al­varez, scheme one fi­nal pub­lic­ity stunt to sell mil­lions of records.

The plan is sim­ple: Con­rad gives one lucky teenage girl, plucked ran­domly from his fans, One Last Kiss on the na­tional tele­vised Ed Sul­li­van Show while sing­ing a song of the same name. How­ever when the ador­ing all-Amer­i­can girl, Kim MacAfee, has just gone steady with her first true love, Hugo Pe­abody, jeal­ousy and con­flict arises and choices have to be made.

What will a small town like Sweet Ap­ple, Ohio, do when a slick city heart­throb like Birdie rolls into town?

Go and watch the show on ei­ther Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day or Fri­day to find out.

Doors at the academy open at 6.30pm, with the show get­ting un­der way half an hour later.

Tick­ets can be bought by con­tact­ing the school of­fice, on 01387 274350, or from the Mid­steeple, Dum­fries. They will also be avail­able at the door.

Dum­fries Academy mu­si­cal

Rock and ready to roll The pupils re­hearse show

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